- Nick Gilbert / September 7, 2021
College football is back, well sort of. Labor Day weekend brought hundreds of schools together including fans for the official start of the 2021 NCAA season. Last week featured a few games for the seasons “Week Zero,” but the fun didn’t really get started until this past Saturday September 4.
Many school programs graced their fields and were welcomed with electric, thunderous cheers and applause from fans being in attendance. For many schools, this was the first time seeing and playing in front of fans for more than 600 days, due to the newly introduced pandemic. With the pandemic ongoing and places still shut down, seeing fans in attendance in massive numbers made for a sense of normalcy since the world was struck by COVID-19. Virginia Tech being one of the schools welcoming their fans back registered their octaves on a seismograph for their welcome back to their team.
There were a handful of great games across the country for the opening weekend, tons of upsets, as well as back-and- forths. Per usual, the weekend featured lopsided mismatched games which ended in pure domination usually in favor of the home team. Just ask Tanner Mordecai, quarterback for Southern Methodist University. The former Oklahoma Sooner transferred to SMU this past year while making a pit stop in Auburn for a very short while. Making his first collegiate start in his career, he threw for 7 touchdowns breaking the record for his school and tying the conferences record. SMU won 56-9 over Abilene Christian.
,In other news the Charlotte 49ers recorded their first win in program history over a Power Five team. Still in its infancy having only being re-established in 2013, the team was first developed in 1946 and lasted just two years until 1948 and being defunct since. The main upsets for the week were unranked Virginia Tech over #10 North Carolina 17-10, #3 Georgia over #5 Clemson 10-3, #19 Penn State over #12 Wisconsin, and unranked Montana ousting #20 Washington 13-7.